And now for a few words… (Part one)
…on the idea of freedom
I know of but one freedom… and that is freedom of (ones) own mind.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use
Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences
Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion
Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves
Humanity is free at the moment it wishes to be
Humans fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most humans dread it
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err
Freedom is an illusion. A state of mind that created by a species that has this thing we call reason. As such we automatically think we are better than others, not just the animals, but those around us. Not as good looking, as smart, as successful, as rich. Our freedom has cost us connection. We say we fight for freedom, yes, but we most often mean we fight for our idea of what that means. Is that wrong? Is that right? That is for you to decide.
The moment one thinks about their idea of free… another is repressed…. and the cycle continues.
What is In A Word: Part 26
Hamlets “To Be or Not To Be”
Person or unperson. Query.
Unbellyfeel Ingsoc, oldthink, ownthink,
(PLUSUNGOOD THOUGHTCRIME. PENALTY: UNLIFE)
Or Ingsoc foolthink doubleplusungood
Own unlife bellyfeel, make self unlifer,
Unperson, unofficial. (PENALTY: JOYCAMP)
Only unwake: become unlifer. (FOOLTHINK)
Unwake, and thusby unperform our Ingsoc duty
(GOODWISE NOTE: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU)
Seems goodthink (DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD THOUGHTCRIME).
Unwake: become unlifer.
Unwake — ungoodwise dream (PLUS-CERTAINFUL
SELF-BRINGED RESULT) –
Yes, there is the unsmoothness –
Correctful treatment in the Miniluv,
Post fail-maked self unlifer with a cord,
Is allsuch stopful — yes, there is the reason
We still goodwise perform our Ingsoc duty
Until we’re vaporized, although (CRIMETHINK)
Unbellyfeeling Ingsoc and Big Brother,
The Junior Anti-Sex League, rationed goods,
Sternness of Inner Party and its just
And ungood “watch and query” note on us,
We seemcould oldthink “free” perhaps become
With a bigneedle. (FOOLTHINK) Who would work,
Prolewise and sweatful, doubleplusunfresh,
For Ingsoc if he bellyfeeled to know
Correctful treatment in the Miniluv
That joyful place from which so few return,
And those how bigwise changed? Plusgooderwise
We live goodthinkful til some Spy reports us,
For IGNORANCE is STRENGTH, FREEDOM is SLAVERY,
And WAR (against the Party) brings NO PEACE
Inside the Miniluv till we become
Unpersons (now OFFICIAL). But unhard!
The clingful and face-crimewise-good-to-see
Ophelia! Joysexful girl, forget
My many faults in your Two Minutes Hate!
The Fallacy of Holistic Thinking and the Libertarian Point of View: An Opinion
We all want to build a better world view (in whatever way we all individually see such an idea in our own thoughts), and in doing so we, as a species, tend to align ourselves with others on a wide range of ideas, thoughts and issues in life. It is in some ways… natural (this drifting towards others in ideas and thought). But in our world of definitions, often it comes down to two ideas (or camps if you will). Those whom are “conservative” in nature, thought, actions or being and those that are “liberal” and often (it seems), time and time again these two side appear (at least in a very superficial and rudimentary way), in stark opposition either one side or the other.
Each side has their own idea or “utopian view” (if you will) of how the world is and should be, and each side plods along seeking to create their existence (and the world around them) in that image.
Yet there is another group (at least that is what they tell themselves). A group called “libertarians”. They call themselves many things….the alternative, the third party, the real voice for change and reason (and so forth) and they challenge both the right and the left on most issues.
Not with standing my steadfast (personal) thought that libertarians (and especially their American Demi-God… Ron Paul) are not actually libertarian at all, but more so a radicalized pseudo economic libertarian hybrid, and therefore not even remotely connected to the real idea of libertarianism , a much bigger thought always occurs to me when I hear people expressing the notion they are a libertarian.
Libertarians have this view of freedom for everyone to do what they choose and self regulation/the goodness of all humans will prevail to bring about success for everyone.
While I certainly would be the first to say both conservative and liberal utopian ideas have flaws and need work (or are in many instances not workable.. in my personal thoughts), fundamentally, they are the same and they, along with libertarians, speak much about the same things in many ways (and I can see the good and not so good in all the ideas of thought)… Libertarians are just as conservative as conservatives, just as liberal as liberals (as those two are with each other and themselves). It is not really much of a difference at all, when you look at it in logal terms of what they are saying and how they look at each others ideas.
The biggest problem I have with this idea of Libertarian is that (to me) it seems even more short-sighted than the other two schools of utopian thought in some ways, mainly because it relies on the idea of a holism that (in terms of human thinking and actions) is extremely, if not impossible to achieve. Indeed the very paradox of the idea of libertarians is in its own assertion of being “the way society should go”, but hiding it behind this strange and benevolent idea of holistic equality. At least the other two utopian ideas (liberal and conservative), more realistically understand (right or wrong.. that is not the issue I am raising at this juncture) the human species real behaviour.. that is to create self determination and takes sides (and the like). Libertarians seems to deny this notion in their theory, but actually most of their words speak very much of taking sides on all things.
Libertarians, like holism, don’t account for the fact that society is like people: it is different at different stages (developmentally and so forth) and conditions of society (like people) are not pieces of the organism, but function as a whole. Libertarians seem to expect society (as a whole) to act in a manner beneficial to all. A great idea and something we would all like to see, but the simple matter of the idea is that this is impossible if for no other reason than the growth and development that must occur.
Conservatives speak of private sector assistance.
Liberals of government funded programs
Libertarians talk about a self regulated social safety net.
How is this (fundamentally) any different than the other two? In fact it is very much inline with the “conservative” idea of thinking
Utopia (societal Utopia) knows no political or economic coercion: Under its ideas of existence the state has withered away, each person co-operates freely in accordance with her/his abilities and desires and all needs are satisfied. Sounds a lot like this idea that libertarians talk about. But there seems to be some very big holes in this idea of thinking… starting with the fact that humans are not really in the habit of doing more than that have to if they see others are not doing the same. It sounds more like a piecemeal style of looking at the world then a real idea of utopia or libertarian freedom.
If we were to attempt to align this holistic libertarian view of life up with our real existence as a species, the first thing that comes into my mind is how this approach is very unscientific in nature. When one looks at or applies science to anything, wholes can never be the object of the scientific inquiry. It is not possible. Even at the most rudimentary of logical thinking when one is speaking about a whole, what they are actually speaking about is pieces of the whole. Libertarians speak in the same way. Again, going back to this idea of piecemeal, they talk of being able to do this or that or the other thing (under this great banner of … personal freedom), but that is much like a scientist talking about the universe but speaking about different galaxies, constellations and so forth. They are in fact, piecemeal-ing the entire thing. Living under the delusion that it is a whole… It is not. Nothing is ever a whole (but in conceptual ideology only). If we wish to study things, we are bound to select certain aspects of it. It is not possible for us to observe or describe a whole piece of the world, or a whole piece of nature, in faｃt, not even the smallest whole piece may be described, since all description is necessarily selective. Society is the same, and libertarians seem to forget (or neglect to look at is in that way). You cannot see society as a one … self determine things-will-work-themselves-out-and-we-will-all-succeed type of way. It is not possible to do so. The variations, amount of situations and so forth in society (not to mention the thoughts of its inhabitants) are endless,
In some ways, Libertarians seem to me to take a page from Plato’s thinking handbook. Plato, a pessimist, believed that all change—- or almost all change—- was decay. This was his law of historical development. Accordingly, the Utopian blueprint aims to arrest all change, or what we would call now a days… make it static. I don’t mean that libertarians want to cease evolution, what I mean is that in a strange paradoxical way they want things (in order to be totally free and self determining)… static in nature. (I am sure many would disagree with me on that issue). This to me seems to be one of the reasons that libertarians often speak of a breakdown in the social environment and how only self determination on all things can bring us back to a place of completeness. This makes no sense to me. In a strange way, this seems like more control to me, for it is in a way trying to elevate social life change by making it obsolete in the sense of categorizing it as self directed.. Again, this is unscientific in nature, as we all know that it is this interaction of society that creates the evolution and change.
There are three levels of development in humans (and subsequently society)
These must be done together, and they cannot be all done under the idea of self directed, Utopian/libertarian thinking. It does not work that way in our species.
Just like science cannot explain (as a whole) anything, libertarians cannot say that giving everyone the personal freedom to do what they want is the way to make a better society for everyone. It is not logically sound. You can never speak about anything as a whole in that way.
Every written history of our species is a narrow aspect of the total development of the history of humankind. It seems to me that Libertarians need to take a step back and realize this more, as well as ask themselves some real questions:
-Can humans direct/set up one physical apparatus in its entirety? (and while many may not see what I am saying, but stating the idea of self determination and participation at ones own degrees and wishes on everything, libertarians are doing just that).
-Is the Utopian libertarian view advocated by them nothing more than (like most other forms of living) an experimental method applied to society?
-How much does their perception of their idea of what they see as a real “equal” way of living clouding their actions and knowledge of the non-existence of real libertarians on this planet
-and most importantly (at least for me in my thoughts), I always remember that it is difficult enough to be critical of our own mistakes (as individuals), but it is nearly impossible for us to persist in a critical attitude towards those of our actions that involve the lives of many people. All that we do in our lives effects others in some way. Libertarians seem to dismiss this or render it obsolete and I think it is time for them to realize that not every person is an island unto themselves. We are a species, connected in all ways and as such we need to understand that sometimes one must give up (or give) something to another to create a true balance in society (or at least as close to a balance as we can ever come) If not, we are nothing more than the Darwanistic self determining/self preserving/self ego species that Libertarianism really speaks about… but sugar coats it as something much nicer than that and much more… equal.
Good Intention Photos that make me think… well wait a moment
Prediction… or asking… WHY. Uncovering the true potential.
Things that might be are not even present in the imagination. If someone were to say the world would be a better place because of this happening or if so and so were to be in power, etc, the mind needs to adjust with a jerk. The very notion is new to them. Yet if such things were to come about this would not occur or that, or the other thing…. (the possible scenarios are endless in some ways).
Even so, it seems (in some ways) in this age of “free thinkers”, people are not really free (freeing themselves) to think such thoughts. We are all on “a path” and more and more we see things as being.. set out in front of us.
It seems to me that to say that things will go the way they will and to not question or ask why or, perhaps even … predict… is like accepting a verdict of some type of “fate” (whatever that idea may be for you) without ever asking… why, or wanting to know. This is in a way a rationalists idea of being, and in some ways it seems to me rationalists live in a bit of a paradox (perhaps not any more than the rest of us, but I digress).
The paradox being: The assumption that something is .. right.. or… fate.. or whatever it is you want to call it; “a guide” if you will. Those whom think in this way are, in many ways actually the very people whom do not believe their is any special providence (in themselves) to guide it in any direction other than the “path it is to take”
It seems to me that a true person of thought does not describe an event as it is occurring but in fact attempts to convey the true potential of the actuality…and in doing so many ideas will come to the surface, many of which people will not agree on. That is, in itself the essence of our existence.
If that is … prediction… so be it.
A Dose of Sanity…Part Ten
Contraception and the Absurdity of Ideology:
Ideology is not constituted by abstract propositions in themselves; rather, ideology is (itself) the very texture of the” life world” which “schematizes” the propositions, rendering them livable. Take the issue of contraception availability for women in the United States as an example. Such an issue only becomes “live able” against an obscene amount of unwritten rules and rituals.
This is why, if there is an ideological experience at its purest, it occurs the moment we adapt an attitude of ironic distance. If we do not then the ideology exerts is strongest hold on us (all) and creates subjects to pure ideology. In this creation we become lost to the real world, the real experience (of those effected) and the true understanding of what it means to be free.
Something to remember the next time those in opposition to such a rudimentary right of all women speak about an infringement of their rights and freedoms and try to dictate the rights of something that (for the most part) the ones in opposition do not even posses and could not possibly understand the complexity of (to its fullest)
What is in a Word?: Part Eight
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(Your Truth) will set you free… part three:
We often blast the media, advertising and the like for the messages they give us. Buy this, eat that, wear this, have five of these….
But when it really comes down to it, whom is REALLY in control?
We don’t often sit with our children and talk to them about self-esteem. self image and self worth. There is nary a mention of such things in school. Many cultures don’t talk much about feelings, and indeed the ones that do say they are more “open” often still don’t really talk about the natural fear everyone has at fitting in or being thought of as different, or trying to understand what it is to be an individual, they just skim over it with thoughts like…”your young, it is natural, you will find a way”
Indeed, for many it seems that trying to figure out whom one is becomes a silent struggle of teen peer pressure, mid life crises, breakdowns, a self help industry and rivals only the weight control industry in size (connection?), and a general inability to open up with ones feelings. In short, we are a species that all have to deal with trying to figure out our individuality, but we are a species that rarely ever talks or acknowledges the fact it is a damn hard thing to do.
In enters the marketers. You see, marketers have study groups of their own. Sociologists, psychologists and the like that study the habits, patterns, whims and thoughts of different age groups, genders, cultural backgrounds. Their job is not to tell you to … be whom you are… their job is to help their company tell you what you need in order to be whom you are afraid NOT to be.
So until we all take back the power that WE already have, and the control of the self that is there inside, and needs to be taught to all our children, the images will not stop, the marketing will continue unabated and the struggle of us all to “be” something in our/someone else’s eyes will fill the cash coffers of those who never want us to ever say…
Fear is often a product of ones own making, and something easily overcome (if other desires/motives were not in the way)……
The ability to choose (for oneself) is something that we as a species cherish and hold dear as one of our greatest “freedoms” …. Sadly (in many cases), it also becomes one of the biggest paradoxes we face as we go about out day to day.
Knowingly or not, it seems that humans constantly compare their perception of the world with how they would like it to be, (the ideal or quality world picture) .In doing so, they determine if their current behavior is the best available choice to take them in the direction they want to go. While on the surface this may seem the best way to be, society as a whole constantly puts obstacles in our way. Things to challenge, us, make us question, even doubt the path we are on. In short, choice is our best friend and worst enemy.
As the world opens up and the ability to move increases, the abundance of choice in modern society is actually (in many instances) making us miserable. Think about the simple task of walking the aisles of a supermarket in search of your food purchases… what a daunting exercise that can be. Choosing any type of consumerist product these days has become a test of ones wits.
And the paradoxes of choice don’t stop there…
What of our choices of religion, Identity with a group (for what ever the reason)? Music choices, movies, people to be around, places to live… the list (and choices) are endless.
We tell ourselves that more is better, but more (in many ways), causes stress, inability to choose and (in many instances) harm to the very planet we inhabit. Living in the world of today is a constant choice of how to live without hurting another, hurting the environment, and understanding the big picture… but still trying to be happy in ones own existence.
What ever happened to just … being?
Can choice actually work against us? Is it sometimes better to have less choices (in order to have a greater good for everyone)? Questions like these are played out each and everyday as we go obout our lives, but often, when we decide our choice on many issues we don’t really stop to think about the ramifications of the choice we have decided upon.
We can only satisfy our needs by satisfying the pictures in our “Quality World”. As our world becomes one of more and more “things”, our ability to satisfy (what we think we want and need) often leads us to places of want, desire, envy and ultimately sadness (if we cannot fulfill what we see as these choice… often disguised as consumerist needs).
-All we do is behave.
-All behavior is Total Behavior and is made up of four components: acting, thinking, feeling and physiology.
All Total Behavior is designated by verbs and named by the part that is the most recognizable.
People often think they have full control over their life and the decisions that they make but while all total behavior is chosen, we only have direct control over the acting and thinking components. Control of our feelings and physiology (no matter how much you feel you’re in control) is an indirect action (through how we choose to act and think). We are a creature that reacts to all things around us, and be that a reaction of happiness, sadness, anger (and the like) these feelings and physiological reactions have a direct impact on the (so called) “choices” we make.
And the paradoxes of choice don’t stop there:
In this great paradox that is our existence, we often seem to forget that in the strive for what we call “democracy” (you know…the right to be free), we limit our choices by the rules that we create, and in the greater understanding, our choices are limited by ourselves… by our thoughts. The need to survive, the need to belong, the need to gain power, the need to be free and the need to have fun, often cloud the choices we think we (freely) make.
Choice is a wonderful thing, but choice (seems to) come with the knowledge (and understanding) that:
-The only person whose behavior we can control is our own.
-All we can give another person is information… nothing more.
All long-lasting psychological problems are relationship problems.
The problem relationship is always part of our present life.
What happened in the past has everything to do with what we are today, but we can only satisfy our (basic) needs right now and plan to continue satisfying them in the future.
And so it seems when it comes to this idea of “choice” in our lives, total behavior (the reasons of, why, for what, and so on) seem to be the places we need to look.
Be grateful for what’s good in your choices instead of focusing on what’s disappointing…. And have the wisdom to accept the rest.
How to Be Your Own Self While Maintaining the Status Quo ..or.. 10 easy steps to living a life of Denial?/ Freedom?:
Too much to read? Afraid this is just another in a long line of internet rantings and ramblings? That is okay, skip to the bottom and read the last lines. It is all you need to know……
1 Embrace the motto “not my business”. This is especially helpful in the ackward situations you may find yourself in when you know ones rights as a human (no matter your personal ideas of them or their actions) are being violated, or at the very least are being violated in a way that you would not want either.
2. Live the life of a pessimist. It is so much easier after all to assume the worst, then when it does (finally) happen, the satisfaction that will come when saying the words “I told you so” will be ever the more gratifying.n Pessimisic thinking a downer? Okay, always be the optomist. Everyone loves it when the only thing you do is send pictures of kittens and puppies doing the cutest things. An optomist can see beauty in everything, because remember there is beauty in everything. Let’s try it … You see someone being oppressed. You don’t want to step in (remember step one… not my business… so just think… Oh, it will all work out in the end. It is meant to be and it will turn out the way it is suppose to)… hey! I feel better already. Okay, so you choose, pessimist or optomist. BUT YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE
3. Dont Rock the Boat. Never say anything that you know will provoke, bring about a response or cause another to “feel” in any way any type of reaction to your words (thought) other than the sound of the crickets, a yawn or a blank stare and whatever laugh. In short, try not to think too much about much of anything except… me hungry, eat. Me tired, sleep. Me horny, sex (be careful with that one), me want, get. See what I mean. Easy and slow. Three or four words is all you need to think.
4. Live under the illusion that everyone is free to do what they want. More importantly live under the impression that YOU are free to to what you want and that whatever you do has no effect, consequences nor connection to anything but your own self, wants, and needs.
5. Believe we all come from a place of equality. Utopian? No, this beautiful thought is just… what it is… period. Especially good for those that have something and never want to let it go, but don’t want to actually say that or admit it (see libertarian). Now don’t think it.. just live it. All the time see everything, everyone, every situation (and actions there-of) as products of our equality. Judge and mock (openly) those whom speak of it as any other way.
6. Embrace the “money makes the world go round” song and dance and openly scoff those deadbeats that speak of a “better” or “different” way. Don’t be shocked at those that see the world where money is not the beat all and end all of everything. Just see them as people who are jealous and want. Throw insults at the person in the street ranting about the “right” to food, clothing, and shelter. After all, if they wanted that, then they would get a job and earn it.. right? Is that not what we are here to do? We are just animals, like any other remember. We have no right to anything (oh this is so confusing… do I like Darwin, do I hate him.. okay, fast forward here to the very end and start thinking that, I am beginning to think too much right now… it hurts).
7. Become a libertarian. After all, in their world, everyone will be able to do, eat, feel, pray to and be whatever they want. Oh, and no one will ever have to pay any real (taxes) money to anyone else to have all of this. It will just… become… we will all just naturally do that together. We are already apparently all on the same level playing field so a libertarian mantra of life will work. Remember, libertarians are all about personal freedom of everything, and no one pays, so YAH baby… RON PAUL 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024 (hey it could happen, we could clone this libertarian demi-god for future generations to enjoy and love).
8. Delve into a book (of religious thought). Be it Muslim, Christian, Judiasm, Mormanism, Scientology, Hinduism, whatever.Quote relentlessly from it and never let go. If someone says to you, you have a right to your ideas but not a right to facts, throw your book at them (along with a few good quotes from within). Science be damned!!!!
9. When watching television, exclusively watch (so-called) reality TV. After all, they are the real stars now. They have the real talent. We are all just… regular people now. Remember, a one hour reality show (taken from the hours upon hours of .. reality, and packaged into the best of with sound bites, clips and only the best, and most bitchess of moments) IS reality. The added bonus of a prize at the end , and having someone kicked off each week makes it all the more…. real. Don’t own a television or think it is a waste of time watching it? No problem, check out the hours of Hollywood movies that are pumped out each week.
10. Subscribe to only ONE way of thingking on all things and block out all others. Live these three words…. BLACK AND WHITE. Gray? Please. Gray is for people whom THINK they are libertarians. Gray could never possibly work because all things are just .. right or wrong. Period. NO discussion, no history, no philosophy, no personal thinking, no cultural ideas, no scientific reasoning, no biological reasoning, no thought. Nothing. BLACK AND WHITE.
Can’t remember all thing things on this list, don’t want to or have skipped them all together and came to the bottom right away? No problem. Here it is, the secret to it all, the only thing you will ever need to know…. ready….
Above all, no matter what you do….
DENY, DENY, DENY.